Here are a few ideas for measures to increase police accountability:
(1) Prohibit police department employees from writing "crime blotter" type columns for the media, a common practice which discourages newspapers from doing their own reporting and allows the police to exercise inappropriate control over which items appear in print and how they are reported; further require that the SFPD provide police reports and any other documents on request to members of the press, unless doing so would jeopardize an investigation or otherwise interfere with police work, in which case the department must provide the Office of Citizen Complaints within one week a detailed explanation (no less than 250 words) of why the document or information requested could not be provided to the member of the press who requested it
(2) Require that police officer uniforms display on their backs in a big bold font and sharply contrasting color the name and badge number of the officer; further require that police officer hats and helmets display on their front in a big bold font and sharply contrasting color the officer's badge number; further require that the name of the officer be displayed above his or her breast jacket pocket in a big bold font and sharply contrasting color
(3) Give the Office of Citizen Complaints full and unfettered access to police reports and all other SFPD documents, and the power to compel testimony from and discipline police officers and police department employees up to and including terminating their employment and reducing or canceling their pensions and other benefits arising from employment
(4) Require that a signed search warrant be given to the subject of any search requiring a warrant, and that the person whose possessions are to be searched must be allowed at least thirty seconds without interruption to read the warrant before the commencement of the search; further require that if the subject of the search is arrested, the warrant must be given to a person or organization of the subject's choice within 24 hours of the arrest
(5) Require that any person cited for an infraction be given, in writing at the time of the citation, the section of the police code or other statute under which he or she is being cited; further require police officers to immediately tell anyone they stop to question that he or she is not required to answer the questions, and may leave at any time without penalty unless told they are under arrest; further require that a complete copy of any audio or video recording made by police during an arrest be given to the person or organization of the arrestee's choice within 24 hours of the arrest
(6) Prohibit police officers from speaking before the Board of Supervisors or other city bodies or committees or appearing at meetings of those bodies unless they (a) do so on their own time, in which case they may not appear in uniform, or (b) are requested to appear by a member of the committee or body they are appearing before, in which case they must appear in uniform and state at the beginning of any public comment or testimony they give, the approximate hourly cost to the city of their appearance based on their salary, and the name of the board or committee member who requested them to be present
Yours in liberty,
<<< Starchild >>>
Ah yes, I forgot. I could go for the idea of police accountability,
but what behavior exactly are we going after?
--- In email@example.com, Ron Getty <tradergroupe@y...>
> Dear Marcy;
> On car searches or searches in general with or without out
warrants it's directed by state laws as modified by the US Supremes.
It's not a real local issue as to deciding how a search is conducted
it's based on state guidelines.
> The whole search situation is a snakepit morass worse than
Pandora's box because of all the various challenges going on because
of searches like the police did of the drivers car. There they had
a "right" because the driver caused the accident and they could look
for evidence of drinking drugs etc. The issue is so convoluted as to
what happens and what the circumstances were what the probable causes
were and were drug sniffing dogs used and yada yada yada.
> On the project housing issue it could be to have the inquiries
made into the Feds turning the government "public" housing over to
the projects residents to buy the property. The initiative would not
have to direct it to happen by direct actions to be taken to have it
> The basis would be by owning the residents would have a greater
stake in what happened to them and their property and their local
community. The emphasis would be on ownership and property rights and
family cohesiveness and providing some centralizing point of
stability in the local community.
> Or another local issue would be something to require actual
accountability within the SFPD. This is based as to why the officers
in question who did the video taping and used police property to do
so felt they could do this in the first place.
> This is from todays Chronicle on the history of the SFPD and its
scandals and gives two viewpoints about the problem.
> As far as Sgt. Delagnes( president of the POA) is concerned,
the uproar over the video has gotten completely out of
hand. "Compared to other departments across the country, I
believe the San Francisco Police Department has fewer problems and
less serious problems," Delagnes said. "When mayors and other
officials say there is a culture in the San Francisco department that
needs to be changed, I don't have a clue what they are talking
about.'' Another observer watching the department's latest
turmoil has been former San Francisco Police Chief Gain, who left in
1980. Gain, noting he struggled with a department badly needing
reform, said: "In a professional department where there is an
understanding there will be appropriate conduct adhering to rules and
regulations, conduct of this nature -- producing a video ridiculing
people because of their race or because they were gay or homeless --
simply would not occur. If officers felt they could get by with this,
> wrong with the top management that word has not gotten down to the
> Delagnes is the same policer who took his full-time Sgts pay and
the pay as the full-time president of the POA. The Police Commission
is apparently going to have to tell him to return the sgts.pay no
voluntary return the pay on his part.
> Ron Getty
> SF Libertarian
> Marcy Berry <amarcyb@h...> wrote:
> Dear Ron,
> Ok, I understand. My daughter (the one who volunteers at the
Tenderloin Tutorial Program) said the same thing as you -- giving
does not help.
> Regarding your proposal to privatize the projects -- sounds
great, but I do not know enough about the housing programs to
comment. I am wondering if you might not want to consider something
> By "easier" I mean a local law that can be whacked at. One
idea: Fourth Amendment violations. Example: a couple of years ago,
a young man tried to beat a light and I ran into his car; when the
police came, they searched his car, but not mine. Why did they
search his car? Yes, he clearly committed a traffic violation, but
what does that have to do with the contents of his car? What does
*local* law say about searches?
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